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Pittsburgh is a place where we all belong.

This city owes its resilience to the spirit and creative energy of the people who have made Pittsburgh their home, built communities here, and contributed to our shared future. In 2017, at a critical time in our nation’s history, The Sprout Fund and its partners sought to positively affirm the notion that we all “belong” through a community art initiative.

Sprout invited people living in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County to submit original works of art that express the concept of “belonging.” Nearly 250 submissions were received, including many from local youth. Winners were selected through a combination of juried art processes and online voting that drew more than 14,000 votes.

The Belonging Community Art Project has concluded in Pittsburgh, and you can view our community's response, including the winning artwork and all artists' submissions. You can also continue the conversation in your home, in your classroom, and in your community.

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Visit these links to find more ways to express that we all belong.

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In Your Home

Download the winning artwork to display it digitally or in your home.

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In Your Classroom

Download a teaching kit to lead your own "Belonging" art-making activity.

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In Your Community

Learn how to develop your own community-informed public art program.

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Community Response

Nearly 250 people from across Pittsburgh and Allegheny County submitted designs, including professional and amateur artists of all ages.

Seventeen designs received “honorable mention” designation by the jury of art professionals, were selected by a separate jury of local youth, or were among the top 5 most popular adult or youth submissions through the online public voting process. More than 10,000 "community voices" posters were produced and distributed for free throughout Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.

You can view a gallery of all submissions on our Community Response page.

Winning Designs


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Bob Ziller of Wilkinsburg, PA, designed the winning artwork.

This design was selected for its artistic merit from nearly 70 finalist submissions by a jury of art professionals. More than 1,000 yard signs and more than 10,000 posters of this work were produced and distributed for free throughout Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.

Learn more about Bob Ziller's design and the "community voices" winners on our Winning Designs page.

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Community & Event Partners

Belonging was a collaboration between The Sprout Fund, the Office of Mayor William Peduto, and a team of local organizations committed to serving and advocating on behalf of immigrants and refugees, including:

1Hood Media
AIU Latino Family Center
Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh
Casa San Jose
Change Agency
City of Asylum
Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council
Hello Neighbor
Northern Area Multi-Service Center Refugee Resettlement
Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition
South Hills Interfaith Movement
United Somali Bantu
Welcoming Pittsburgh
World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

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Support for Belonging

Support for Belonging was generously provided in part by The Sprout Fund, The Heinz Endowments, Opportunity Fund, the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, and these community members that stand with immigrants and refugees:

Alphabet City Development
Matt Hannigan
Anne Lewis
Cathy Lewis Long & Rob Long
Paul O’Neill
Oxford Development Company
Luke & Natalia Skurman

Special Thanks

Morton Brown, Belonging project manager
Tricia Monticello Kievlan, Sprout staff lead

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About The Sprout Fund

The Sprout Fund is Pittsburgh’s leading agency supporting innovative ideas, catalyzing community change, and making the region a better place to live, work, play, and raise a family. Sprout has worked with regional and national philanthropic partners to build strong networks and make hundreds of community-decided investments in early-stage projects, organizations, innovators, and activities.

Learn more about Sprout and the people, projects, and ideas we support »
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